REVIEW: By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid

Oh boy oh boy oh boy – when I saw Wishtrend launching this product, you best believe I was excited! By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid Serum – IS IT A K-BEAUTY DUPE FOR SKINCEUTICALS CE FERULIC?

In this post I’ll be reviewing the serum and comparing it with the do-all serum, from my skinthusiast perspective! This means that I am comparing the two serums and ingredients based on me just being a random person on the internet with an intense interest in skincare. I’m in no way a professional in this field!

This product was sent for review purposes. My thoughts are my own, always *casts does patronus*



This vitamin C serum contains 15% pure vitamin C which helps with antioxidant care, skin brightening, acne prevention, boost collagen, and recovers the skin from UV rays. As it contains ferulic acid, it maximizes the antioxidant and antibacterial effect of vitamin C. Recommended for oily and combination skin and for vitamin C beginners.

– Wishtrend

Amount: 30ml
Price: $28 USD
How to use: Apply 3-4 drops on your palm and gently pat over the face. Pat lightly until it fully absorbs.



Before we dive right in, to determine if it is close to a dupe, it has to check the following:

  • pH around 2.0-3.5
  • 10-20% L-Ascorbic Acid concentration
  • Contain Ferulic Acid
  • Contain Alpha Tocopherol

Published in 8 peer-reviewed scientific journals, C E Ferulic is a vitamin C serum formulated under the Duke Antioxidant patent. The Duke Antioxidant patent describes effective delivery of vitamin C to skin. In order for a vitamin C serum to be effective it must be formulated with pure l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) at an acidic pH within the 2.0-3.5 pH range and have a concentration between 10-20%. SkinCeuticals is the only brand to formulate antioxidants according to these parameters. 

– Skinceuticals

Skinceutical CE Ferulic:

  • pH 2.0-3.5 (I’ve seen 3 as the sweet spot)
  • 15% vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
  • 1% vitamin E (Tocopherol)
  • 0.5% Ferulic Acid

By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid Ingredients:

Hippophae Rhamnoides Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Ascorbic Acid, Diglycerin, Methylpropanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, C12-14 Pareth-12, Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether, Tromethamine, Ferulic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Maltodextrin, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine HCl, Silica


What we know so far based on By Wishtrend’s packaging and INCI list is the following:

  • 15% vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
  • 1% Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether
  • 0.5% Ferulic Acid
  • ?% Tocopheryl Acetate

pH LEVEL – I tested the pH level on a strip with 2 different brands, both resulted in a pH between 5-6 (so 5.5).

L-ASCORBIC ACID – The king of Vitamin C! Shown to boost collagen synthesis, fade hyperpigmentation, boost UV protection under sunscreen, brighten complexion.

FERULIC ACID – antioxidant; Used to stabilized LAA.


Yes, there is Vitamin E in By Wishtrend’s serum, it is Tocopheryl Acetate, not Alpha Tocopherol. While an esterized Vitamin E may not seem such a big deal, INCIDecoder points out the following:

According to famous dermatologist, Leslie Baumann while tocopheryl acetate is more stable and has a longer shelf life, it’s also more poorly absorbed by the skin and may not have the same awesome photoprotective effects as pure Vit E. 

– INCIDecoder

In addition, the tests Skinceuticals performed were with Alpha Tocopherol, so we can’t just assume a derivative will perform the same at enhancing LAA’s potency. Alongside LAA, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E, there are additional antioxidants below.

ETHYL ASCORBYL ETHER – Vitamin C derivative, antioxidant, brightening

SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE – Vitamin C derivative, antioxidant, supposed to help combat acne.

NIACINAMIDE – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory; shown to minimize fine lines and pores, increase skin’s lipid production, brighten and even complexion, fade hyperpigmentation, reduce sebum production.

While it has been debunked many a times that LAA and Niacinamide do not “cancel” each other out, I do raise a brow of it being in the formula. In my understanding, Niacinamide is usually formulated at a higher pH than what LAA is supposed to be. So while this formula is stable with the two ingredients, the pH is now increased to accommodate both. Not to say that it should copy the Skinceuticals patent, but the pH level is quite high compared to other LAA-E-Ferulic serums on the market.

Based on my skinthusiast self inspecting the INCI list (a.k.a. not a specialist), this formula is not a dupe. I don’t mind Niacinamide and Tocopheryl Acetate in the formula, but what bothers me is the pH being a bit high. I can’t help but wonder if I’ll get the full bang of antioxidant benefits from the LAA. The description does say this vitamin C serum is for beginners, but will a beginner even notice benefits?


Packaging: Dark dropper bottle.

Texture: Liquid. It looks clear when you open a new bottle. I lost my photos I took so I had to settle for a slightly oxidized swatch. Sorry!

Fragrance: Smells like vitamin C?

Application: The directions say 3-4 drops, but I don’t play around with LAA due to how unstable it is. I apply a full dropper and massage all around my face, neck and clavicle.

Finish: Thin and adds some glow.

Feel: Slightly sticky, hydrating. If I used a chemical exfoliant prior, it does sting a bit.

Instant Results: Adds a slight bit more moisture to my skin, maintains a bright and even complexion, pores are very minimized!

Long-Term Results: Haven’t noticed much myself since I’ve been using Vitamin C serums for a while. My cousin and aunt are also using this Vitamin C Serum, and they said they noticed their skin is much brighter and more even.


Keeping in mind that this is a vitamin C for beginners, the By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid is a nice antioxidant serum. It is brightening, minimizes pores, has nice ingredients. I still can’t help but feel like I won’t be getting the full antioxidant benefits L-Ascorbic Acid has to offer however. I couldn’t help but HOPE that this would be an awesome, gentle K-Beauty alternative of an LAA-E-Ferulic serum in the low pH range, but alas, I’m slightly disappointed. I’ll definitely continue using By Wishtrend’s new Vitamin C serum until the end since I’m still noticing some skin benefits (also I don’t want to waste it). I also have By Wishtrend’s Pure Vitamin C  21.5% Advanced serum as well hanging out my the fridge to try out later. Definitely curious to see how it performs, as that one does not contain Vitamin E or Ferulic Acid, but does have a low pH while containing a high amount of LAA! My top vitamin C recommendation is still Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster if you’re looking for a low pH, gentle, not $100+ LAA-E-Ferulic serum (the only one that ticks all the boxes that’s available to Canadians).


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xo, M

REVIEW: By Wishtrend Quad Active Boosting Essence


If you know me, you know I love me some hydrating toners, essences, and lotions in my skincare routine. When it comes to satisfying dehydration on my acne-prone, normal to dry skin, I prefer layering light hydrating products so I don’t feel overly congested, but still satisfyingly moisturized. By Wishtrend recently launched their newest product, the Quad Active Boosting Essence, specifically targeted for those with inflamed, acne-prone skin! I tested it out for a couple of weeks and am ready to share my thoughts with you all!

These products were sent to me by Wishtrend for review purposes. That in no way effects my opinion on the product. My reviews are honest, always
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This essence is recommended as a serum booster that contains ‘Quad Active’ Ingredients: 3 Complex Ingredients (Morus Alba Bark Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, and Propolis. These ingredients are widely known to help with anti-inflammatory, anti-pollution, and anti-bacterial effects to maintain your skin to stay healthy and lively. Also, with supporting ingredients Black Tea and Honey, it provides moisturizing effects to the skin. Recommended using this essence in between your toner and serum step!


  • Price: $23 USD
  • Amount: 100ml
  • Made in Korea
  • Cruelty-free
  • pH: 5.2 – 6.2
  • Free of 5:
    • Ethanol-free
    • Silicon-free
    • Steroid-free
    • Artificial coloring
    • Artificial fragrance
  • Quad Active: 3 Complex Ingredients
    • Morus Alba Bark Extract (8.7%)
    • Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract (8.7%)
    • Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract (9%)
  • Also contains:
    • Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (10%)
    • Propolis Extract (1%)
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial



Aqua(Water), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract(10%), Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water(9%), Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract(9%), Morus Alba Bark Extract(8.7%), Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract(8.7%), Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, Saccharomyces/Honey Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propolis Extract(1%), Butylene Glycol, Benzyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin


First off… I’m not sure what the “Quad Active” ingredients actually are, since they list 6 ingredients as their key ones and don’t really focus on 4. Am I missing something? Aside from that, I am impressed that those key ingredients make up 47% of the formula! I appreciate that they share the percentages, this way we know for sure ingredients like these may/or may not be working for our skin. The only key ingredients I am familiar with are Propolis Extract and Willow Bark Extract, which are primarily soothing. I know it says 10%, but I personally would not rely on Willow Bark Extract to provide similar effects as Salicylic Acid if you were thinking this may be an exfoliating essence.

Here’s a sum of what Paula’s Choice has to say about these plant extract ingredients (no INCIDecoder list unfortunately):

Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water – soothing
Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract – rich in antioxidants, humectant, soothing, restoring
Morus Alba Bark Extract – antioxidant, soothing, brightening
Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract – antioxidant, soothing

Overall, a nice blend of moisturizing and soothing ingredients with some antioxidant properties, nothing that should sensitize already impaired skin.


Packaging: Glass bottle with a spout.

Fragrance: None.

Texture: Thin and watery with some slip.

Application: Apply nickel-size amount 1-3 times, depends if I need extra moisture that day.

Finish: Slightly tacky, skin does not look overly shiny or under-replenished.

Feel: Lightweight, skin feels soft.

Instant Results: Moisturized, calm skin. I applied a bit of this on a freshly popped, not-ready-to-be-popped pimple (you know what I’m talking about) and I was surprised at how much it calmed that area! I was ready for it to increase in size and become more inflamed due to my impatience.

Long Term Results: Helps maintain skin’s moisture, clarity and calmness.


I wasn’t expecting to be this impressed with By Wishtrend’s Quad Active Boosting Essence, but I am! A little goes a long way, it’s watery texture provides a light moisturized residue, it has never irritated my skin (even on a day I felt like I had a pretty impaired barrier), and managed to calm down a freshly popped zit. Similar to their Polyphenols In Propolis 15% Ampoule, there is also no additional fragrance or fragrant ingredient in the product, and the essence’s texture is mostly due to skin-beneficial ingredients. Word of caution, even if you have acne, do not expect this to be a treatment, it may just be a nice supplement in your routine help to ease some inflammation and keep skin comfortably hydrated while using more heavy-duty actives like Vitamin A or Benzoyl Peroxide.

Overall I definitely think any skin type can use it, it all just depends what you need out of your routine.

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As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

REVIEW: By Wishtrend Polyphenols In Propolis 15% Ampoule

Another week, another Korean skincare product to review for you all! In this post I’ll be reviewing the By Wishtrend Polyphenols In Proposlis 15% Ampoule and how it performed for my acne prone, normal to dry skin. Believe it or not, I think the last time I tried any product with Propolis was the Egyptian Magic Cream.

Product is a PR sample and provided for review purposes.
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This ampoule contains Houttuynia Cordata Extract effective in soothing acne instead of water and 15% Propolis with powerful antioxidant effects. The product improves acne and sensitive skin through powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and immune system enhancement.

– Wishtrend

Price: $32 USD
Amount: 30 ml

  • Made in Korea
  • Made for all skin types
  • Cruelty-free
  • Free of ethanol, silicone, steroid, artificial colouring, artificial fragrance




Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Propolis Extract, Glycerin, Propanediol, Isopentyldiol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Panthenol, Perilla Frutescens Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Zinc PCA, Pantolactone

From my -skinthusiast- perspective…

Just like their Vitamin 75 Maximizing Cream, I appreciate that the bulk of the product is not in a base of water! Houttuynia Cordata Extract has polyphenolic flavanoids (hence the name) which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties. The extract also contains sugar molecules that serve as good humectants. Propolis Extract may also have soothing and antioxidant properties, so I can see how based on these ingredients alone that By Wishtrend claims the ampoule will help those with acne prone and sensitive skin.

Joining the moisturizing list is Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate, both great humectants that are found in pretty much all moisturizing products these days.

Panthenol and Zinc PCA are also listed as moisturizing ingredients, but for acne prone skin are particularly beneficial; The former for being soothing and having wound-healing properties, and the latter to help reduce acne causing bacteria.

Admittedly the number of plant extracts overwhelmed me at first, but reading about them calmed my mind, for they all pretty much further contribute to the ampoule’s soothing and moisturizing abilities. Since Houttuynia Cordata and Propolis Extract take up the bulk of the formula, it’s highly possible that the additional extracts are in low percentages either way.

INCIDecoder Breakdown


Packaging: Glass bottle with a dropper.

Usage: Morning and/or evening, applied after cleansing and/or before moisturizer.

Texture: Slippery.

Fragrance: None.

Finish: Light but moisturizing.

Instant Results: Skin feels surprisingly moisturized. If I were to measure based on previously reviewed products, it sits between the I’m From Rice Toner and Laneige Cream Skin Refiner.

Long-Term Results: Skin rarely feels rough or dehydrated.


The By Wishtrend Polyphenols In Propolis 15% Ampoule has performed well in terms of gentleness, adding additional moisture to my skin, and its antioxidant benefits. However when it comes to calming active acne lesions, this was not enough for me; I still need to use Aczone or Benzoyl Peroxide to really get the job done. With conversion to CAD it is a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way so if you’re interested in this ampoule, you’ll get a fair mileage. I appreciate the blend of science-backed and traditional ingredients being used in the formula, and they avoided including heavy fragrance and a high use of texture-enhancing ingredients – it’s not to say that these ingredients are bad, but it’s nice to know that the cosmetic elegance of the product is mainly due to a lot of the beneficial ingredients in the formula. Overall if you want to try a Propolis type of serum that is gentle enough to use on acne-prone skin, you may like this.


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Hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

Glass Skin for the Unblessed: Skincare Focused, Minimal Makeup

What is Glass Skin? Glow Recipe Co-Founder Christine Chang describes it as “…when your skin is so healthy, even toned, and plumped with hydration that it’s almost translucent, like a shard of glass.” – Vogue Article

It was almost instinctive that I brush off glass skin to be something achievable for me. Why? First off, I still break out. Secondly, I’m still trying to heal the atrophic scarring I have from my cystic acne past. So I did what everyone else would do, watch perfect-skin looking YouTubers do it and enjoy the aesthetic vicariously. It actually wasn’t until I saw Edward Avila’s take on glass skin that I became inspired to try it myself. Edward is a KBeauty YouTuber based in Seoul and he has a considerable amount of texture from acne like myself. Despite the crazy glow mixed with texture, his skin overall looked REALLY good and in my opinion definitely achieved the look. To see someone with a similar skin-type as mine prompted me to try it for myself.

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